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Radio Shack’s Massive Vintage Auction

Radio Shack’s closing down over 1,000 retail locations across the country this weekend as they transition their operations from physical stores to online distribution. The biggest building on the chopping block: their company headquarters. After clearing out the basement and digging through the archives, they’ve assembled thousands of items into over seven hundred individual lots and handed them off to UBid Estate and Auction Services. They’re up for sale now.

Cave Story+ Nintendo Switch

Why Cave Story+ on Nintendo Switch Will Fail

Ah, good old Cave Story. A title that gamers have been enjoying on various platforms for years now. We have seen this game released on the Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DSi, Nintendo 3DS, PC platforms and then a myriad of fan ports to Linuz, AmigaOS 4, the TI graphing calculator, Genesis and PSP among many others. The point is, I don’t think this is going to be a system seller for Nintendo, even with the “+” additions included in the Nintendo Switch version. What is sad is most of those new add-ins are old hat too for the series. Gamers have seen this before.

Slot Games and Arcade Classics – A Match Made in Heaven?

Online casino games, particularly slots, are among the most popular forms of gambling. Perhaps the reason for this is because there are thousands of different games out there with varied themes to attract a wide demographic of players. Common subject matter includes comic books like the Avengers and well-known musicians like Michael Jackson. According to the Guardian, the largest proportion of gamblers are between the ages of 35 and 64, so slot game developers are also using nostalgic elements to entice players. Here we take a look at some classic games that have inspired the casino machines of today.

Sega to Focus on Reviving Major IPs

Based on its Road to 2020 investor plan, Sega is planning to promote global development by shifting its focus to be more IP-centric. The most tantalizing part of an otherwise mundane PowerPoint is where Sega plans a “Revival of past IPs and active utilization of external IPs”.

The Grumpy Git: Retrocomputing and eBay

Well, here we are again at another Monday. The wondrous world of computing rolls on, getting forever more irritating by the minute. I once again have found something to complain about so here we go… We all like retrocomputing; the playing of old games bringing back hours of nostalgia, or hours of pain, depending on your preference. One thing I think we can all agree on is, it is becoming a very expensive hobby.

ZX Spectrum Next Promised New Dizzy Game in Final Kickstarter Week

One of the hottest properties in retro gaming, a new Sinclair ‘Speccy’, is entering its final week on Kickstarter as I type. And putting the icing on the cake—or the egg in the meringue, to coin a phrase—is today’s surprise announcement from legendary British 1980s game creators, the Oliver Twins, of a brand new Dizzy game to be delivered alongside the equally brand new Sinclair ZX Spectrum Next retro home computer.

Top 3 Fighting Games of the 16-bit Era (Top 3 Tuesday)

If you don’t associate the 16-bit era with fighting games, you’re either an amnesiac or throwing off the curve for this site’s age demographic. If, as I suspect, you are a gamer who finds himself on the wrong side of thirty, then you’re already formulating a list in your head from the topic title. Thanks once again to MichaelBtheGameGenie for his latest Top 3 Tuesday video, where he wants to know your favorite ways to beat the ‘bits out of your friends using technology from twenty-five years ago. The challengers are emerging from the wings to take their places. The lights are dimming. This is going to be one hell of a battle, folks, no two ways about it!

Round one.

FIGHT!

Six More Absurdly Difficult D&D Adventures (That Are Not Tomb of Horrors)

Before I get started, I have just one thing to say: you’re a bunch of sadists. All of you. I compiled a list of half a dozen of the deadliest old school Dungeons & Dragons adventures to ever see print, and you not only ate it up but shared it with your buddies and gave it enough clicks that my editor “suggested” I produce a sequel. So be it. No saving throws, no take-backs, just six more ways you can humiliate, demoralize, and melt your players with nothing more than a quick trip to eBay or DriveThruRPG. And again, no Tomb of Horrors. Obvious meat grinder is obvious, and it’s more fun to vivisect characters when neither they nor their players know it’s coming. Just don’t come crying to me when your gaming group turns into something you’d read about over at John Wick’s blog, with players hurling Bigby’s Extended Middle Finger and Tasha’s Uncontrollable Hideous Swearing like free actions.

Star Wars arcade game title screen

Star Wars – from Movie to Arcade to Atari ST

Today being May the 4th (aka Star Wars Day), I thought I’d mark the occasion by looking back at one of the first Star Wars video games which brought simulated science fiction movie action down off the silver screen and into arcades and homes.

The Grumpy Git: Has the Gaming Industry Got Any Ideas Left?

Okay people, if you don’t know who I am, I’m the Grumpy Git, it is Monday, and I have decided it is time to look at the world from a more jaded angle. Feel free to disagree with me vehemently in the comments. Okay, on to today’s topic… “Has the gaming industry got any ideas left?”


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